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Va. Judge Reverses Website Shutdown Order

April 23, 2010

A judge says he shouldn't have ordered the shutdown of a website that criticized Norfolk Vice Mayor Anthony Burfoot.

Circuit Court Judge Charles E. Poston reversed his decision Thursday, one day after he ordered the shutdown of the May4thcounts.com website.

Poston's original order came in a lawsuit filed by Burfoot claiming several sections of the website were false. Burfoot is running for re-election.

Poston wrote in Thursday's decision that public officials must prove malicious intent in published material. Without additional information, he said he couldn't find actual malice in the website's material.

Burfoot says he'll pursue the case after the election.

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